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Posted on:4/16/14 3:20 PM
Pattern Size:Plus-Sized Regular 
Project Photo:Colette Patterns: 1029 by michellep74

Colette Patterns: 1029 by michellep74  Colette Patterns: 1029 by michellep74  
Pattern Photo:Colette Patterns 1029
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Pattern Rating:Great Wardrobe Builder
Review Rating: Helpful by 2 people    Very Helpful by 8 people   
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Available for sale on PR: $16.00 (See envelope) Click to Buy
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Fabric:Ponte Knit  [See other projects in this fabric]
Pattern Description: From the Colette web site:

"Mabel is a quick, easy, and versatile skirt pattern. It is also your perfect introduction to sewing with knits! Because it uses heavy knit fabrics, you get all the benefits of sewing with stable wovens, along with the speed and comfort of sewing with knits. For the beginner, that translates into sure-fire results - you will successfully sew this skirt in one afternoon. And if you're more experienced, you'll take advantage of how fast this garment comes together and whip up several skirts in a day.

Because Mabel can be sewn up in three different styles, it’s a great wardrobe staple. Versions 1 and 2 are mid-thigh length skirts, ideal for warm spring and summer days or worn with a sweater and leggings in the winter. Version 2 is embellished with a faux placket and center buttons. Version 3 is an above-the-knee length pencil skirt with seam details and a kick pleat. All three versions are pull-on style with a mid-rise, contoured waistband."

I sewed Version 3, the seamed pencil skirt.

Pattern Sizing:

Colette's new knit sizing, which includes a plus size range.

XS-3XL (35" hip - 56" hip).

Per the size chart, my size is 2XL, and I sewed a straight 2XL.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

Yes, it did. Note that the plus sized model in the photographs is listed a being a 2XL, and although the skirt looks a bit tight on her, it's not so tight on me (although it is curve-hugging).

Were the instructions easy to follow?

The instructions were great and appropriate for a beginner. I didn't have any "OMG, why are they telling you to do that with a knit???" moments like I often do with Big 4 instructions.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?


* It's a great basic wardrobe builder and doesn't use much fabric.
* Colette has added a plus size range, yay!
* The fit is exactly what I was hoping for--curve-hugging without being too tight.
* While it took me two hours to make (instead of one--horrors!), the skirt is a quick sew and can easily be done in an afternoon, or in my case, a couple of pre-work sewing sessions.

Dislikes: Not so much a dislike as something that I want to note for others, but I'm short and short-waisted, and the waistband "crunches" down on me a bit in front. Not an issue for me since I don't tuck in my blouses, but it's something to be aware of if you're similarly sized to me and do tuck.

Fabric Used: Black ponte knit from FabricMart. This was one of their "one crazy priced fabric" picks a few months ago, and I bought six yards of it. This skirt only took me about a yard of fabric, even being plus sized.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

None. Zero. This skirt is straight out of the envelope. Note that I'm 5'2", and while the pencil skirt is supposed to be above knee length, I wanted a slightly longer skirt and so did not adjust the length at all.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?


Great basic pattern that would be appropriate for beginners and knit newbies. While, yes, the price of the pattern is higher than a Big 4 pattern on sale, I'm very happy with the fit and am sure that I'll make this enough times to amortize the cost.

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Quickie said...
I agree that this is a useful pattern and your skirt looks versatile.
4/16/14 4:57 PM
MrsCharisma said...
Super cute Michelle!
4/16/14 5:33 PM
supizoo said...
Lovely. Yours seems so much more classical and wearable than the pattern photo. Well done! (and very cute photo :) )
4/17/14 6:39 AM
tlc246 said...
Thanks for the very helpful review. I purchased the Colette bundle, but was on the fence w/the skirt. I think I will try this today. Your skirt looks great and you have eased my fears.
4/17/14 6:58 AM
Gissypop118 said...
I am so excited to see a review on this, I pre ordered the book and pattern package from them. Can't wait to sew one up! Thanks for sharing :)
4/17/14 9:46 AM
ASiverson said...
I ordered this pattern, and the other new one, and the new book too. Can't wait to get them, in the meantime, your Mabel skirt is beautiful! Good job, and only 2 hours, not bad at all! TFS!
4/17/14 11:03 AM
chenille said...
Great fit, and nice to know that it is sized so well.
4/18/14 2:15 AM
fourkid said...
Great job - and review - Michelle. I skipped the pre-order as I am also one on the fence about this look. I think Colette is going for the young sewer with the photo shoot they used to present this pattern (not meaning you're old! just not a teem anymore) - and it just didn't seem right for me - but your version is fantastic. love it - and I am going to try it now as well.
4/24/14 8:17 AM
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